Sensitive skin, irritating fragrances and expensive prices are some reasons to consider making homemade soap.
Store bought soaps can contain synthetic chemicals that can be aggravating. Also, antibacterial soaps containing triclosan, an antimicrobial agent that was initially listed as a pesticide, have been under scrutiny for potentially causing developmental and health problems.
Making homemade soap means that any recipe can be tailored to suit personal preferences or address specific skin conditions.
Soap crafting can be perfected by the skilled soap maker, but it can also be done by novices. There are countless recipes for do it yourself soaps requiring varying levels of difficulty.
Probably the most complicated, and most dangerous as it involves flammable ingredients, is making lye soap with hot and cold process strategies. These involve safety procedures that must be strictly followed, as well as calculated measurements. Simpler alternatives are to purchase already made soaps and re-batching them into other bars or to use melt and pour varieties.
When looking through ingredients lists and purchasing items to make handmade soap, be conscious of what oils and other substances are called for. Some can be marketed as all natural though they are anything but, and others may be gathered from endangered sources. Also, lard or other animal derivatives may be listed in recipes in which substitutes can normally be found if a vegan recipe is desired. Though organic ingredients are usually best for homemade skin products, quality local produce and fresh herbs are also normally good choices.
Soothing for the skin, naturally calming oatmeal can be added to most recipes. Also, herbal infusions of cloves, cinnamon and coconut create a rich lather. Soaps containing moisturizing produce like pumpkin provide cleansing and conditioning in one.
Herbal tea leaves are perfect additions to soap. Invigorating green tea, fragrant jasmine or any favorite blend can be used. For instructions on using teas, cucumbersome provides a recipe as well as an idea for packaging the soap to resemble a tea bag, complete with teabag tags.
Garden soaps can be made with dried tomato, basil and other farm fresh standbys. For disinfecting soaps, a few tablespoons of tea tree oil can be added in for antiseptic properties and works well for treating skin irritations.
Don’t leave out the fun side of being clean.
Try decorative ideas, like making soap with stripes or using different shaped molds. Inserts like non-toxic toys, recycled papers, herbs or slices of dried produce can be used to make transparent soaps.
Also, candy cane soap surely smells as delicious as it looks.
Going soap making crazy?
Making homemade soap can be a fun way to have an everyday splurge or to give the gift of clean. Plus, it can make you feel like a real homesteader.
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